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Modern baby names with just enough edge for your little trendsetter

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

Cutting-edge baby boy names are perfect for the next generation of trailblazers

Modern baby names are totally apropos for the contemporary family who likes to keep up with trends and stay ahead of the curve.

If your looking for a cutting-edge, unique baby name for your little boy, last names as first names, cute names with a touch of swagger and names with the letters X or Z in them are just a few routes to go in your search for the perfect moniker.

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Last names as first names

Using a traditional last name, like Smith, for a first name is a modern baby name trend. Names that sound traditional as a last name bring on new life when used as a first name. Pay attention to last names and you will be surprised how many would make cool and modern sounding first names. Here are some examples:

Cute (yet totally cool) baby boy names

We love the following baby boy names, because they are cute — yet totally cool with a bit of an edge. Many of these names are easy to spell and pronounce, yet are not at the top of the baby name lists making them overused (ahem, Jacob).

Boy names with X & Z

Once the ignored or forgotten letters of the alphabet, X and Z have emerged as the "cool kids" when it comes to baby boy names. Not only are there many modern boy names with the letters X or Z, but you can also make a traditional name more modern by adding these letters, such as changing Jack to Jax. Many celebrities have gotten in on this trend, including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (sons Maddox, Pax and Knox) and Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz (son Bronx).

Here are our top picks for modern boy names with the letters X or Z:

Boy names ahead of their time

You won't find many modern boy names on the top of popular baby name lists because these names are forward thinking and ahead of their time. The Social Security Administration has determined that the boy names Brantley, Iker, Maximiliano, Zaiden and Kamden have all made the biggest jump up the baby name lists. Want more boy names ahead of their time? Here are some modern boy names that are nowhere near the top of popular baby name lists, but we predict will be in the future.

More: 35 'weird' celebrity baby names people love to hate

What is your favorite modern baby name?

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Cutting-edge baby boy names are perfect for the next generation of trailblazers
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Originally published September 2011. Updated November 2016.

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